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Post-poll violence: Bengal forms team of 10 IPS officers to assist SIT

The officers have been deployed for north, west and south zones of the state as well as for the Kolkata Police areas, sources in the state home department said.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata |
Updated: September 3, 2021 2:45:49 am
The officers have been deployed for north, west and south zones of the state as well as for the Kolkata Police areas. (Express photo by Partha Paul)

A DAY after the Calcutta High Court said it was aware that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by a Division Bench was yet to begin probe into alleged incidents of post-poll violence in Bengal, the state government has formed a team of ten IPS officers to assist the SIT.

The officers have been deployed for north, west and south zones of the state as well as for the Kolkata Police areas, sources in the state home department said.

A plea that was recently filed had sought to know why the SIT not yet begun probe and why the state government has not issued a notification in this regard yet.

Hearing the plea, Acting Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court Rajesh Bindal said they were aware of the matter, adding that necessary steps will be taken.

His observation came after advocate Rabi Shankar Chatterjee mentioned the matter before Justice Rajesh Bindal’s bench that the SIT has not yet started working. In response, Justice Bindal said he was aware, and if required, adequate steps will be taken. “We know that the SIT is not working. Necessary steps will be taken,” he said.

The state government has also filed a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court challenging the Calcutta High Court order.

On August 19, the Calcutta High Court on Thursday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe allegations of post-poll violence in the state. A seven-member committee set up by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had earlier looked into alleged incidents of violence following the West Bengal assembly elections and recommended a court-monitored CBI probe.

The High Court said that CBI will probe the allegations of murder and rape, raised shortly after the victory of the TMC in the elections.

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